Bouterse strengthens position by swearing in four new ministers

The Surinamese president Desi Bouterse has Thursday morning local time, four well-known party members of his National Democratic y (NDP) as the new ministers were sworn in. He seems to be with the elections in sight, busy with the assure of a dominant position.

The rumbles already for a while in the government-Bouterse. According to the Surinamese newspaper Waterfront, the president has certainly “47 ministers worn out”.

The four ministers that have now been replaced, had resigned due to check integrity, such as corruption and conflict of interest.

A little Over a year in Suriname elections. The popularity of Bouterse has in recent years decreased because of a deep economic crisis and corruption scandals.

Research into large bankschandaal

In addition to the political crisis threatens to cause a major financial scandal. Earlier this week, the Surinamese justice launched an investigation into an alleged large-scale fraud in the Surinamese post office savings bank (SPSB).

The bank would loans provided to high-ranking officials. These loans would then be from the accounting records are deleted.

Among others, the leaders of the SPSB and the Central Bank of Suriname are mentioned as possible subjects. Also is the name of the acting president of the Surinamese Court of Justice mentioned. They are all non-active by Bouterse.

The Surinamese economy is under pressure. The government is facing a budget deficit of about 8 billion Surinamese dollar (nearly 1 billion euro), wrote Faith this year.

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